Souled by Jennifer Gladen

What if the pull of a video game was impossible to resist?

When Ethan and his friends play the much anticipated new game, Seeker, they are thrown into a new world where the lines of reality and gaming are blurred. As people close to Ethan, including his sister, start to disappear, Ethan and his team must free the trapped souls, defeat the dark wizard, and stop the destruction before he and his friends are trapped forever.

Ever play a video game and wonder where the past 6 hours went
Ever feel like it was time to pull away, but you had to play just one more level
Ever think, “Just one more try.”

Ethan, a tech-savvy gamer, joins the newest gaming rage-Seeker. With his best friends in tow, they try it and fall in love with Bailiwick, the realistic gaming world where the game takes place. Ethan senses something is off as he learns more about the coveted game. When a school friend goes missing, and later his sister, Ethan and his friends discover Nith, a dark wizard, is trapping players inside the game.

When Ethan and his friends set out to help the trapped players, he discovers there is much more to just being trapped in the game. He learns of Nith’s plan to merge the digital world with the real world. The more souls Nith collects, the more powerful he becomes!

Will Ethan and his friends be able to stop Nith even as he gains more power with each trapped soul? Or will they join the others who are destined to be trapped forever and become part of Nith’s NEW WORLD?

A story about friendships, family, gaming, and growth, Souled is an action-packed book filled with one adventure after another.

Publication Date : September 5, 2020
Publisher : Valentino Publishing (September 5, 2020)
Word Wise : Enabled
File Size : 2691 KB
Print Length : 203 pages

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A Star in the Night by Jennifer Gladen

 A beautiful story that celebrates the spirit of giving is what you’ll find in A Star in the Night by Jennifer Gladen.

While on his way home from Mr. Renetti’s bakery on Christmas Eve, young David has three encounters that will change him and his view of Christmas forever.

I purchased this book from Amazon. I’m a sucker for a good Christmas story, and I had seen this one was ranked on the bestsellers list in the Large Print Children’s Books category for several days, so I picked it up when I was ordering some DVDs for church.

Though part of the Wings of Faith line from Guardian Angel Publishing, I wouldn’t say that I found this to be an overly religious book. Yes, it includes a Bible verse and David drops in at the local church and stands beside the manger scene, but I also believe that children of other faiths and their families would appreciate the message this book relays–the importance of thinking of others. I’m not sure this is what the author intended, but this is how I honestly felt about it.

Whether Christmas to you means the birth of Christ or Santa Claus slipping down chimneys leaving gifts, the reality is that both celebrations have at their heart a message of thinking of others, spreading peace, and sharing. That’s what A Star in the Night is all about. A young boy experiences these three encounters where he is forced to make a choice to put another person’s needs ahead of his own desires. Isn’t that the type of message we seek to share with our children no matter what faith we believe in?

As you know, I am a huge fan of K. C. Snider’s artwork. I find her winter scenes are some of the finest examples of her work. Looking at the front cover of A Star in the Night, I knew she illustrated the book without looking at the credit. If K.C. only illustrated books set during the winter, I would still be very happy; though I have to admit to being particularly fond of the picture that shows David inside the church.

I highly recommend A Star in the Night by Jennifer Gladen if you are looking for a children’s book that will encourage your children to think of others during the Christmas season–and hopefully all year round.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330552
  • SRP:  $10.95

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